Microsoft considered acquiring, Slack, the in-work team productivity app, for about $4B. Then, CEO Satya Nadella and Bill Gates suggested Microsoft should drop the idea and invest the money into improving Skype instead, thus killed the Slack purchase idea. And now, Microsoft have created a nearly identical Slack competitor.
It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog post. There are 2 reasons for that: one, I didn’t have much time, and had lots on my mind. And two, which is the main cause, I had many changes in my personal life.
In the last couple of months, I moved to a new apartment and my son was born. These 2 events have kept my hands (and head) full: getting familiarize with parenting, as well as house holding.
But, I am getting back on the horse, which also means, getting back to writing on the Digital Product Critic blog.
As always, I will keep sharing new and wonderful apps, sites and gadgets as they are launched. So you will be one of the first to hear and experience them.
I will also write a weekly (hope to keep it weekly) review on a specific site/service/gadget, from my point of view (as the Digital Product Critic): user experience, design, usability and more.
Hope to keep you informed, knowledgeable and entertained (sometimes) with all the reviews and news I have to share in the digital realm.
Last week Microsoft has introduced the HoloLones, which are a smart virtual reality (VR) headset for the home and office use.
The HoloLens are the product of Microsoft’s research project two years ago, where they played with the idea of linking holograms to your TV. This turned into a headset that sits on your head and runs the new holographic software.
Unlike something like the Oculus Rift, which presents you with a complete virtual world, the HoloLens has clear lenses, and imposes your holographic structures and worlds on the environment around you. In short, it’s an augmented reality device along the lines of something like Google Glass.
Microsoft has presented this new device at a great timing: the Google Glass is dead, the Oculus Rift and the Sony Project Morpheus are still yet to reach consumers, and the best of the rest have failed to really capture the imagination. Microsoft’s HoloLens is something a bit different, with potential to become a huge success. When comparing the HoloLens to the Google Glass it is very important to keep in mind that the HoloLens are not only wireless, but don’t require connection to any other device, which means that you can walk around in the office or home.
What future do you see for the HoloLens?
A new mobile app, GotIT, hopes to be a one-stop social networking app for shopping in Israel and across the world. Social media is a boon for businesses, providing a cheap way to get the word out on products and services, aimed at the specific demographics most likely to use them.
Vuzix’s is getting ready to take on Google Glass with the M100. To do so, it has teamed up with Amazon to sell an exclusive “prosumer” through its recently introduced Wearable Tech store.
In the last few months, and more so, in the last few weeks, the web is filling up with bad reviews on the Google Glass. So, does the wearable device that started it all is ready dead?
Apple’s wearable answer is the iWatch.
Even if not yet confirmed, the tech world is full of rumors and concept designs for it.
You might have come across these kind of websites lately. They look great and convey an experience tailored to the product they represent.
Friendship is not only about words, texting shouldn’t be either. You should Hang out with friends. Wip is a fun and easy way for friends to hangout through texting. Making decisions together and giving feedback without saying a damn thing.
Customer review sites can give diners a good idea of the quality of a restaurant before they go there, but they can also be unhelpful when opinions are divided or simply too long to read. myfab5 is a new site and app that replaces reviews with a ranking system that gets users to choose their favorite 5 restaurants in each category and location.